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Tories aren't doing enough to tackle political violence

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A few years ago while waiting for my plane to take-off from Cairo, I thought how lucky I was to return to a country where political protest rarely ends in violence. By the time I took the same journey yesterday, that view had changed. Egypt is at risk of returning to a repeat of 2011 when over 800 died and hundreds disappeared, as a wave of protests have kicked off again. In the UK, our government is starting to incite political violence with its incendiary language and warnings of what will happen if Brexit is overturned.

In his campaign to become Tory leader, Boris Johnson repeatedly claimed he would “bring the country together”. He disingenuously claimed that he had shown leadership as mayor of London in 2011 during the London riots, even though it took days for him to curtail his holiday and take charge of the situation.

Less than three months into the job and Johnson has broken the law, patronised female MPs worried about their safety and had members........

© Independent